Tag: Senior Driving

CHP Teaches Mobility Independence

Sacramento, CA, February 20, 2012, 8:00am – Driving a car is part of maintaining an active, rewarding lifestyle. It means independence and freedom at any age. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) understands how much seniors enjoy driving, and offers a program to help seniors continue driving as long as possible and save lives. CHP personnel are taking the ‘Age Well, Drive Smart’ program to senior communities in California. The recent receipt of a federal grant will enable the CHP to continue this valuable traffic safety program for California’s growing senior population through September 30, 2012.  “Age Well, Drive Smart” is a free, two-hour senior driver safety/mobility class offered by the CHP and focuses on educating drivers over 65. Individuals can register for the course by contacting their local CHP office. The Keeping Everyone Safe (KEYS) grant will also help fund a public awareness campaign using a variety of tools to address older adult driving issues. In addition, educational materials will be produced and distributed statewide. CHP personnel will also conduct educational presentations at various venues and will staff traffic safety booths at community events. Funding for the KEYS grant is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31362.mp3|titles=CHP KEYS...

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There’s Safety In Education For California’s Senior Drivers

Sacramento, CA, April 13, 2011, noon – The senior citizen population in California is one of the fastest growing driving-age demographics in the state. According to the California Department of Finance, there will be more than six million seniors in the state aged 65 and over by the year 2020. With more and more seniors taking to the roads every year, the CHP has received a federal grant that will not only help educate senior drivers and raise their awareness about how to keep safe on the roads, but will ultimately assist in the CHP’s mission of saving lives. The overall goal of the “Keeping Everyone Safe (KEYS) II” grant is to reduce the number of fatal and injury collisions caused by senior drivers. The CHP will launch a statewide public education and awareness campaign focusing on senior traffic safety and mobility. Television and radio public service announcements and community-based committees will be established. These committees will collaborate to assess the issues most relevant to senior drivers and to make recommendations to address the needs of the senior driving community. These committees will include members from public and private organizations, including law enforcement, health and aging professionals, transportation agency representatives and other interested parties. In addition, CHP personnel will conduct public awareness and educational presentations statewide. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30614.mp3|titles=Senior Driving...

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